- Big Data
Visual & Decision Informatics: The Future of Big Data
CEWIT and the
Center for Visual and Decision
industry–university cooperative research center, host a joint Big Data Symposium featuring
top international data science researchers to discuss the technical challenges and
research roadmap of key areas such as:
Visual Analytics, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Probabilistic
Modeling, Privacy-aware Data Mining, Signal Processing, Video Analytics, Intent Analytics
Big Data Platforms; Information Sharing; Cloud Computing; Ontologies; Dynamic Data
Visualization, Augmented Reality, Visual Analytics, Mobile Computing, Human Computer
Healthcare, Cyber Security, Energy, Finance, Social Media, Computational Law, Autonomous/Robotics/AI,
Social Computing, Internet of Things
Adam Bazih, Executive-in-Residence, Kairos Ventures
As Executive in Residence at Kairos Ventures, Adam provides management, marketing,
financial, and commercialization expertise to Kairos portfolio companies, enabling
them to grow, stabilize, and meet critical milestones. Success ultimately begins and
ends with focus. Adam works hand-in-hand with company founders and teams, helping
them develop and execute upon a strategy, conduct quantitative market analysis, articulate
and meet crucial milestones, financial modeling/fundraising, and business development.
Adam is a seasoned executive with nearly a decade of entrepreneurship and investment
experience. Adam has both founded, led, and invested in multiple high-tech startups,
taking them from inception to large successful exits. Adam’s entrepreneurship abilities
were featured in Medgadget and multiple other scientific journals and publications.
Additionally, Adam has consulted to numerous Fortune 100 companies on multi-million
dollar projects and understands the intricacies of combining IP, technical knowhow
with strategy and tacit knowledge to create long-term value.
Adam received his undergraduate degrees in microbiology and chemistry from the University
of Oklahoma Honors College. Adam completed graduate studies in medicine at UCLA, business
management/entrepreneurship at Stanford University GSB, and received his MBA from
the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Thomas Thornton, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Northwell Ventures
Tom is responsible for identifying and fostering innovative ideas that enhance the
growth of Northwell Health clinical and non-clinical enterprises, working with senior
leadership to develop and advance ideas in these areas, bringing these ideas into
practice and the market, as well as building strategic partnerships and relationships
within the broader regional ecosystem and beyond. In this role, he manages all the
Northwell Health’s Innovation programs; including technology commercialization, enterprise
growth and investment management.
Prior to joining Northwell Health, Tom led the Healthcare Innovation Alliance at Cleveland
Clinic Innovations; a program aimed at forming multi-institutional collaborations
to foster and accelerate the commercialization of medical innovations.
Neil Kaufman, Chairman, Long Island Capital Alliance and Corporate Attorney
Neil Kaufman represents emerging growth, middle market and public companies and investment
firms in their corporate, securities, financing, borrowing, merger & acquisition and
other legal matters. He is particularly well known for advising clients with respect
to SEC regulation, public offerings, private placements and mergers & acquisitions,
as well as all types of commercial contracts. Mr. Kaufman additionally serves as the
chairman of the Long Island Capital Alliance, a not-for-profit organization devoted
to assisting emerging growth companies.
Sylvan Schefler, Vice Chairman,Tigress Financial Partners
Sylvan Schefler is a Vice Chairman and an Investment Banker focusing on providing
growth capital and M&A advisory services to public and private middle market companies.
Mr. Schefler has over forty years’ experience in all aspects of investment banking.
Prior to joining Tigress Financial Partners, Mr. Schefler was a Managing Director,
Investment Banking, at Burnham Securities. Mr. Schefler began his career at Drexel
Burnham Lambert in 1959. He became a partner of the firm in 1968 and a member of The
Board of Directors and The Executive Committee in 1971. He joined the High Yield group
in 1983 where he was involved in billions of dollars of financings and corporate finance
activity. He was Chairman of his own firm Maxima Group LLC and then rejoined Burnham
Securities where he was responsible for Investment Banking. Mr. Schefler has served
on the Board of Directors of many public and private companies. He also served on
many charitable boards including The Simon Wiesenthal Center. Mr. Schefler received
a BA from Cornell University then served as a Lieutenant in the US Army. Mr. Schefler
holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
Lori Hoberman, Founder, Hoberman Law Group
Lori S. Hoberman is a well-known force in the in the New York City venture community.
As a lawyer and mentor, she advises entrepreneurs and their investors on how to build
successful businesses and strategically guides them through the emerging, later stages
and exits of their companies. Lori works with client companies in a range of technology
industries, while counseling angel and institutional investors in their investments
and in the formation of investment funds. After years of leading startup company practices
at large firms such as Fish & Richardson and Chadbourne & Parke, Lori decided to become
an entrepreneur. Lori sustains Mentorship of 37 Angels and chairs the NYC Chapter
of the MIT Enterprise Forum. A co-founder of several companies, all of her clients
followed her to the new, Hoberman Law Group. Forbes has commented that Hoberman differs
from other lawyers in that -- “She not only knows people, she connects the dots between
the entrepreneur and the resources needed."
David Calone, President and CEO, Jove Equity Partners
David L. Calone is the CEO of Jove Equity Partners LLC, a venture capital firm that
helps build technology companies in the internet, software, digital media, energy,
real estate, transportation and healthcare industries. He serves as a director of
eight privately-held companies located throughout the country and is a co-inventor
on fifteen issued U.S. patents. He helped organize the recently formed bipartisan
Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the U.S. House of Representatives
through which he has been a leading advocate for federal policies that promote the
creation and development of start-ups and other small businesses. He is the co-founder
of the newly launched Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund which creates and provides
seed funding for early stage technology companies on Long Island. Since 2008, Mr.
Calone has served as the Chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission where
his efforts were recognized with a National Association of Counties’ 2012 National
Achievement Award. He is also on the board of directors of Accelerate Long Island,
the Long Island Angel Network, United Way of Long Island and the Community Development
Corporation of Long Island. Previously, Mr. Calone served as a federal prosecutor
at the U.S. Department of Justice where he received the national “Attorney General’s
Award”for prosecuting terrorism and international crime, and as a Special Assistant
Attorney General in the NY State Attorney General’s Office where he prosecuted health
care fraud and helped negotiate the largest Medicaid settlement in state history.
He is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and has an economics degree from Princeton
University where he was named a USA Today College Academic All-American.
George Likourezos, Partner, Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP
Mr. George Likourezos is a law partner at the intellectual property law firm of Carter,
DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP in Melville, NY. He specializes in patent law and
is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He
has particular expertise in fields of technology including digital electronics, computer
architecture, communication systems, electrical circuits and components, optical scanning
and imaging, semiconductor devices, semiconductor manufacturing and related electromechanical
arts. Mr. Likourezos also has expertise in analyzing patents and IP portfolios in
connection with litigation, mergers and acquisitions, product clearance investigations,
patentability studies, and for advising R&D teams. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering
and an M.S. in Operations Management from Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon School
of Engineering). He earned his J.D. at Touro Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Mr. Likourezos
serves on the advisory board of several technology companies, and is a Board member
of the Long Island Capital Alliance and ADDAPT.
Karen O'Connor, Tax Director, Marcum, LLP
Karen L. O’Connor is a Tax Director at Marcum LLP, working closely with start-up companies,
family-owned businesses and large, multi-state companies. Ms. O’Connor provides tax
consulting, planning, financial statement disclosure and ongoing compliance services
to both public and private entities. With nineteen years of professional experience
she has served companies in a variety of industries.
Laura Lindenfeld, PhD, Director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony
She is passionate about supporting scientists to communicate their work in more direct
and engaging ways. Her work focuses on how we can advance meaningful, productive interactions
with communities, stakeholders and decision-makers by strengthening linkages between
knowledge and action.
Dan Conley, Shirt Sleeve Angel
Angels + Life.Sci Investors are organized by Dan Conley who leads DealScreening, DealScrubbing,
Due Diligence and Investments for over a dozen earlystage life sciences companies.
Dan backs “Best of the Best CEOs” who lead Fundable Teams - across the USA, and in
a variety of Life Science niches. Dan has created outsized returns for his Conley
Family Office and co-investors. Robotics and automation, A. I. machine learning, Big
Data and Analytics are portfolio focus now that robots are growing Stem Cells and
other Tissues to reduce genetic drift & create repeatable experiments.
Marcene Sonneborn, SBIR & Innovation Specialist, Central New York Technology Development
Marcene S. Sonneborn is a Regional Innovation and SBIR Specialist for the Central
New York Technology Development Organization (TDO). The TDO's SBIR/STTR program has
supported small companies for over 20 years in a multi-region area to generate over
$200 million in R&D awards. In this capacity, Marcie conducts workshops around New
York State for companies interested in federal technology programs including SBIR,
Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR), NIST Programs, and others. She
also provides one-on-one assistance to companies and entrepreneurs to help them to
coordinate the proposal preparation process. She reviews proposals for her clients
prior to submission and assists them when they are preparing their SBIR/STTR project
budgets. She also uses the NYS Empire State Development network of resources to provide
expertise to clients from across New York if capabilities are not available within
the client's region.
Marcie's specialty is marketing and strategic planning for technology-based and emerging
growth companies. She has her MBA from the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management
and received her degree in the Innovation Management Program, with emphasis in marketing
and finance. Marcie is a Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship at the SU School
of Information Studies. She was formerly an adjunct faculty for the Whitman School
of Management Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Program, teaching courses
in entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity. Marcie is a recipient of the Tibbetts
Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. This award is given for economic
impact of technological innovation, business achievement, and effective collaborations,
and effective state and regional impact and support
Justin Cappos, Associate Professor, Department of Systems and Security, New York University
Justin Cappos is an associate professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department
at New York University. Justin's research philosophy focuses on improving real world
systems, often by addressing issues that arise in practical deployments. His research
advances are deployed in widely used software including Python, VMware, DigitalOcean,
Docker, git, and most Linux distributions. Due to the practical impact of his research,
Justin has received several awards including being named to Popular Science's Brilliant
10 list in 2013.
Steve Cento, Sector Engineering Fellow, Aerospace Systems (NGAS) Sector, Northrop
Steve Cento is a Sector Engineering Fellow for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
(NGAS) Sector in Bethpage NY.
During his 31 year professional career at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Steve has
served as lead engineer and program/engineering manager on numerous Government contract
and internal R&D program efforts, specializing in development and transition of cutting-edge
advanced Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) and multi-source information integration
technologies, and associated software capabilities/products.
Prior to that time, Steve worked for eight years as a Data Scientist in the biomedical
community, including managing the Biostatistics Laboratory Computing Facility at Sloan-Kettering
Institute (SKI) in NYC.
Mr. Cento has a B.S. dual degree in Mathematics and Computer and Information Science
from Brooklyn College of C.U.N.Y., and has done graduate work in Computer Science
at New York University (NYU) Courant Institute, and in Biostatistics at Cornell Graduate
School of Medical Sciences.
Bruce Willins, Engineering Fellow, Zebra Technologies
Bruce Willins is an Engineering Fellow at Zebra Technologies. Mr Willins has over
30 years of experience in marketing and development of high technology products. He
has served in numerous senior level positions, including; VP of Engineering For Hauppauge
Computer; VP of R&D at Symbol Technologies, VP of Engineering / GM Strategic Business
at SMC Networks, and President/Founder of Netways Inc. Mr Willins is a a past member
of the Motorola Science Advisory Board (SABA) and a Symbol Technologies Fellow. He
is the recipient of the IEEE Charles Hirsch award, has numerous patents, and is a
Domenick Gandolfo, Co-Founder & Chief Security Strategist, Cybersafe Solutions
Domenick Gandolfo is Co-Founder and Chief Security Strategist of Cybersafe Solutions
and is a seasoned cybersecurity veteran with over 19 years of hands-on experience
in data security and data compliance. Prior to founding Cybersafe Solutions, Domenick
was Chief Security Officer at the country’s largest urology practice and was tasked
with developing a comprehensive technology and security roadmap. During his tenure,
he drove a complete redesign of server and network infrastructures while supporting
1,000 employees across 62 locations. His career has also included IT management and
consulting positions in Education and the private sector, and he has worked with Fortune
500 companies including Cisco, EMC, Hitachi, Avaya and Dell. Domenick holds the prestigious
and globally recognized Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
designation. He also holds the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), GIAC Penetration
Tester (GPEN) and GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) information security certifications.
Domenick has also held previous certifications as a Cisco Certified Network Professional
(CCNP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and a Citrix Certified Administrator
Babak Beheshti, Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, New
York Institute of Technology
Babak D. Beheshti is the Associate Dean and Professor of the School of Engineering,
New York Institute of Technology; where he has served since 1987. Babak's areas of
interest include wireless sensor networks, embedded real time systems, wireless and
cellular systems, and digital signal processing. Babak has over 20 years of experience
in R&D for embedded systems and wireless technology industry, where he has successfully
managed joint R&D programs with many Asian, European and US companies including Siemens
Mobile, Nokia, Samsung, KDDI and LG.
Babak has been an active member of IEEE since 1991 having held positions at section,
region and major board levels. He is currently member of Publication Services & Products
Board of IEEE, as well as Region 1 Student Activities Chair.
Babak is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE, MGA Leadership Award: For dedicated leadership
in serving IEEE members at the Section, Region, USA, and global levels, and for contributing
significantly towards achieving the goals of the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities
Board; the IEEE Millennium Medal; the IEEE Long Island Section Athanasios Papoulis
Outstanding Educator Award; and three IEEE Region 1 Awards, including 2008 IEEE Northeastern
Region Technical Innovation Award “For Providing Technical Leadership in the Development
of State-of-the Art Reconfigurable Wireless Technologies”.
Rick Boivie, Manager, Advanced Internet and Security Technologies, IBM Research
Dr. Rick Boivie, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology at IBM's T. J. Watson Research
Center, has a long history of innovation in the areas of computer architecture, operating
systems, networking and security -- as an individual researcher, first-line manager,
second-line manager and technical executive.
He had leadership roles going back to IBM's first Unix systems and first TCP/IP systems
(and wrote IBM's first ethernet driver).
He was technical lead and then manager of the group in Milford, Connecticut that developed
the hardware and software for the "New NSFNET". The "New NSFNET" was the principal
backbone of the Internet from 1988 to 1995 and increased the capacity of the links
in the Internet backbone from 56 Kbits/second to 1.5 Mbits/second and then to 45 Mbits/second.
This was the spark that ignited the worldwide Internet revolution of the 1990's. (In
late 1987 or early 1988, he and a colleague also built what may have been the world's
first Internet firewall.)
More recently, he led a project to develop a highly secure CPU chip (SecureBlue) that
has been used in 10's of millions of systems to protect these systems from physical
attack and physical tampering.
Even more recently, he invented and developed an initial prototype of SecureBlue++,
an innovative CPU architecture that builds upon SecureBlue and provides "fine-grained"
SecureBlue-like protection to protect the confidentiality and integrity of an application's
information from the other software on a system including privileged software, like
the operating system, device drivers and application's that run with root privileges
-- and malware that obtains root privileges by exploiting a bug in privileged software.
He has been named an IBM Master Inventor and an IBM Distinguished Engineer and has
received a number of "Outstanding Innovation", "Outstanding Technical Achievement"
and Corporate awards.
Warren Axelrod, Research Director, U.S. Cyber Consequences Uni
C. Warren Axelrod is the Research Director for Financial Services with the US Cyber
Consequences Unit. Previously, he was the Business Information Security Officer and
Privacy Officer for US Trust. He was a founding member of the FS/ISAC and represented
financial services cybersecurity interests in the National Information Center in Washington,
during the Y2K date rollover. He testified before Congress on cyber security in 2001.
Warren was honored with the Information Security Executive Luminary Leadership Award
2007, and received Computerworld Premier 100 award in 2003. He won the 2009 Michael
Cangemi Best Book/Best Article Award for his article on security metrics in the ISACA
Warren’s recent books include Engineering Safe and Secure Software Systems (2012),
Outsourcing Information Security (2004), and Enterprise Information Security and Privacy
(2009), for which he was coordinating editor. He has published over a hundred professional
articles. Warren received his Ph.D. in managerial economics from Cornell University,
and both a B.Sc. inelectrical engineering and an M.A. in economics and statistics,
with honors, from Glasgow University. He certified as a CISSP and CISM. He is a member
of IEEE, ACM, (ISC) 2 and ISACA.
- Health Technologies
Eugene Sayan, CEO, Softheon, Inc.
Eugene Sayan leads Softheon in its mission to develop innovative solutions for healthcare
payers, providers, and government agencies. Since 2000, he has been responsible for
the corporate strategic vision and direction. Prior to Softheon, he led big data and
process management initiatives for Fortune 1000 companies and completed a tenure at
IBM. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering & telecommunication
from Istanbul Technical University and a Masters in Computer Science from the New
York Institute of Technology.
Robert J. Beckman, Managing Partner, The Channel Group, LLC
Robert Beckman is the founder and Managing Partner of The Channel Group (TCG), a strategic
advisory company focused on venture development and strategic transactions in healthcare.
Each of the TCG partners have advanced degrees in science/medicine and most have been
leaders in large and entrepreneurial companies. Formed in 2002, TCG works with clients
around the globe in biotechnology, medical technology, clinical diagnostics, imaging
and research tools. TCG has alliance partners in investment banking and, European
and Israel based clinical /regulatory and commercial development.
Beckman has served in the executive leadership of healthcare companies in both Fortune
500 companies and entrepreneurial startups. He was one of the founders and served
in Board leadership at BIO and the New York Biotechnology Association (now NYBIO).
He has a long history and continues to be engaged globally in supporting the development
Mr. Beckman studied in undergraduate and graduate programs in Pharmaceuticals at Columbia
University. He spent his early career in strategic planning for large healthcare companies
in pharmaceuticals, clinical diagnostics and medical technology. He joined Revlon
Healthcare as Vice President, Marketing Services and advanced to the position of General
Manager of the Biochemical and Diagnostic Division of companies there. After Revlon’s
pharmaceutical businesses were acquired by Rorer Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Beckman led
a management buyout of a division of Armour Pharmaceuticals, which became the foundation
of Intergen Company. As Founder and CEO of Intergen Mr. Beckman executed a successful
acquisition campaign and built a profitable manufacturing-based life science company
with facilities globally. Intergen was sold in 2002 and The Channel Group was formed
S. Mason Dambrot, Research Fellow, Brain-Machine Interface Consortium, Artificial
General Intelligence Society
S. Mason Dambrot is a Transdisciplinary Researcher | Theorist, Research Fellow at
Intelligence Society, and Research Fellow at Brain Machine Interface Consortium. He
is a member of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society; IEEE Brain Community; IEEE Life Sciences
IEEE Nanotechnology Council; IEEE Sensors Council; Humanity+ (previous Board Member);
Lifeboat Foundation (Advisory Board). His recent publications include Exocortical
Cognition: Heads in the
Cloud—A transdisciplinary framework for augmenting human high-level cognitive processes
Xplore, 2017); The Zeitgeist of Change: The evolutionary neurobiology of political
behavior and Of Mind
and Money: Post-scarcity economics and human nature (Transpolitica.org and Kindle,
2015); and has
authored Neuroprosthetics: Past, Present, and Future, a chapter in Brain Computer
Technological and Theoretical Advances (Taylor & Francis Group, in press).
Nicholas Polosky, Associate Computer Scientist/Engineer I, ANDRO Computational Solutions,
Mr. Nicholas Polosky is an associate scientist/engineer at ANDRO Computational Solutions,
LLC. He is responsible for the implementation and verification of algorithms that
enhance dynamic spectrum access and support signal intelligence on a defense contract
for future airborne networks. He focuses on an application of artificial neural networks
to modulation classification problem. Mr. Polosky has developed an approach that demonstrated
adequate to superior classification performance in relevant wireless communication
scenarios. He is also performing feasibility study on a multi-disciplinary team using
electroencephalogram (EEG) measurements for brain computer interface applications
to enable users through EEG feedback to communicate and physically interact with their
environment. In this arena Mr. Polosky has implemented long-short-term-memory networks
for EEG classification and is interacting with ANDRO senior scientists, educators
and collaborators from medical research institutions.
He received his BS in Computer Science from Cornell University in the spring of 2017.
He has co-authored IEEE conference papers proposing novel solutions to automatic modulation
classification on an expanded signal modulation dictionary with linear and non-linear
modulations of digital communication signals. Mr. Polosky's areas of expertise and
research interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, brain computer
interfaces, cognitive radio, and wireless communication. He is an aspiring ADK 46er.
Gil Bashe, Managing Partner, Crisis Communication Health, Finn Partners
Gil Bashe’s healthcare career spans patient, physician, provider, payer, and policy
sectors. At the center of Gil’s life and work is the belief that communication influences
quality patient care. Prior to joining Finn Partners, Gil was Executive VP and Health
Practice Director at Makovsky for more than 12 years. During his tenure, Gil was named
PR News as one of the nation’s “Top Crisis Communicators” and inducted into its Hall of Fame.
Gil is among the few communications executives with private-equity background. In
1999, he was tapped by GTCR Golder Rauner, one of the nation’s largest venture funds,
as CEO of Health!Quest Communications. An integrated marketer, he led CommonHealth,
the global WPP Group health-marketing network and at its sister-company Hill & Knowlton,
he was the first global Practice Director for its Health and Pharmaceutical Practice.
Before this, Gil led the specialist healthcare firm, Medicus PR, recognized in 1994
by the influential industry publication
Inside PR as “Hottest Healthcare Agency.” That same year, he was named by
Inside PR as “Health and Medical All-Star.”
Winner of numerous awards for creativity and industry leadership, including the
PharmaVOICE 100 in 2016, he was listed among “The Top Brains in the New World of Work” by
Fast Company magazine. Gil is immediate-past chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Founder’s
Affiliate and an advisory board member of the Galien Foundation.
Wei Lin, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Stony Brook University
Wei Lin received B.Ss degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1986 and M.S. degree in
Mechanical Engineering in 1989 from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China.
He received Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University in
2001, Stony Brook, NY, U.S.
Dr. Lin joined the Department of Applied Mechanics in Fudan University, Shanghai,
China as the assistant professor in 1989 and lecturer in 1993. He joined the Department
of Biomedical Engineering as the assistant professor in 2004 and associate professor
in 2013. His current research interests include medical instrumentation, wearable
medical devices and high performance computing in embedded systems. Dr. Lin is a member
in IEEE and Biomedical Engineering Society.
Klaus Mueller, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Stony Brook University
Klaus Mueller received a PhD in computer science from the Ohio State University. He
is currently a professor in the Computer Science Department at Stony Brook University
and is also a senior adjunct scientist in the Computational Science Initiative at
Brookhaven National Labs. His current research interests are visualization, visual
analytics, data science, medical imaging, and high-performance computing, He won the
US National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2001, the SUNY Chancellor Award in
2011, and the IEEE Meritorious Service Award in 2016. Mueller has authored more than
170 peer- reviewed journal and conference papers, which have been cited more than
7,500 times. He served as paper chair for IEEE SciVis in 2011 and 2012, and is currently
an Associate Editor-in- Chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.
He was until recently the chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Visualization and
Computer Graphics and is a senior member of the IEEE.
Christos G. Morris, CEO, eVero Corporation
As CEO of the eVero Corporation, Mr. Morris possesses an in-depth knowledge of the
regulatory mandates and work-flow requirements inherent to serving the I/DD community.
This includes the key influencing business and technical drivers that critically effect
client-specific operational efficiencies. Christos’ vision was to structure eVero
as a one stop solution company which provides its clients with subject matter expertise
in case management software, technical infrastructure and data integration including
bi-directional data feeds to core client internal databases; billing, human resources
and case management systems.
Under Christos’ leadership eVero has steadily expanded its client base that now includes
government agencies, health care institutions, and large health service organizations.
Christos also helped found eVero Corporation’s unique Outreach Program where select
Individuals with disabilities enrolled in a Supported Employment Program (SEMP) are
hired and trained by eVero to become Computer Instructors. These employees are now,
in turn, teaching other Individuals in the SEMP Program basic computer skills to further
their personal growth. Over the last several years, this Program has more than tripled
in size and now includes “courses” that emphasize interviewing skills.
Christos is an active participant on a number of boards and committees representing
organizations that serve the community and is often a presenter on the role of technology
in the Health Services Industry.
James Powell, Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine; Medical Director of Developmental
Disabilities Institute/Opti-Healthcare Hospital, Stony Brook University Medicine
Dr. James R. Powell, Jr. is the Chief Medical Officer for Long Island Select Healthcare
Inc. (LISH), a federally qualified health center with eight locations in Suffolk County.
LISH was created in August 2016 with the merger of the United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk
County (UCP), Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), and Family Residences and
Essential Enterprises (FREE) health centers. Dr. Powell is a board-certified Internist
as well as the Medical Director of both DDI and UCP. He has been a member of the voluntary
faculty at Stony Brook University as well as the Options for Community Living Incident
Review Committee. He is currently on staff at Mather Memorial, St. Charles and Peconic
Bay Medical Center. A former board member of the American Academy of Developmental
Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Powell has presented lectures nationally regarding primary
care and telemedicine. He recently completed New York State Department of Health grant
which brought telemedicine to individuals homes.
Dr. Powell was born and raised on Long Island and returned to the area to settle down
after attending Binghamton University, Ross University School of Medicine and the
University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
- Internet of Things
Bob DiFazio, Vice President, InterDigital Labs, InterDigital Communications, Inc.
Dr. Robert A. DiFazio is the Vice President of InterDigital Labs in the company’s
Wireless Business Unit. He manages and actively participates in numerous research
and development projects addressing 5G cellular technology, next generation Wi-Fi,
millimeter wave radio systems, small cell and heterogeneous wireless networks,
machine-to-machine communications, and advanced systems for efficient use and
sharing of spectrum to meet the ever-increasing demand for wireless data. He
contributes to technology planning at InterDigital and the company’s collaboration
many universities. Dr. DiFazio has almost forty years of experience in research, design,
implementation, and testing of new technologies for commercial and military wireless
systems. Prior to InterDigital, he spent more than twenty years at BAE Systems
working on software defined radios, smart antenna systems, jam resistant modems, and
low probability of intercept communication and navigation systems. He has a Ph.D.
from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering (formerly, Brooklyn Poly). He serves on
the Industry Advisory Committee for the NYU-Poly Department of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science and on the Industry Advisory Board for New York Institute of
Technology. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and holds over forty issued and
numerous pending US patents.
Yang Qin, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Professor Harbin Institute
of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, China
Yang Qin is an associate professor of Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate
School October 2008. She has been an IEEE Senior Member since June 2006 and was awarded
the Shenzhen Region Talent recognition = in May 2010. Her research interests include
Wireless and Mobile Networks, Cross-layer design on QoS routing and scheduling, protection
and restoration, Opportunistic Routing, and Network Coding.She has published over
100 papers internationally, including IEEE Networks, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave
Technology (JLT) IEEE Communications Magazine, Optical Express, IEEE Globecom.
Songtao Guo, Department of Computer Science, Southwest University, China
Songtao Guo received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Software and Theory
from Chongqing University, Chongqing, China, in 1999, 2003 and 2008, respectively.
He was a professor from 2011 to 2012 at Chongqing University. At present, he is a
full professor at Southwest University, China. He was a senior research associate
at the City University of Hong Kong from 2010 to 2011, and a visiting scholar at Stony
Brook University, New York, USA, from May 2011 to May 2012. His research interests
include wireless sensor networks, wireless ad hoc networks and parallel and distributed
computing. He has published more than 70 scientific papers in leading refereed journals
such as IEEE TC, TCOM, TMC, JPDC, etc, and international conferences such as IEEE
INFOCOM, ACM IQWOS, IEEE SECON, ICPADS, GLOBECOM, ICC, etc, in which more than 30
papers are published as the first author. He has received many research grants as
a Principal Investigator from the National Science Foundation of China and Chongqing
and the Postdoctoral Science Foundation of China.
Grace Wang, Professor, Department of Computer Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Grace Guiling Wang, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science
at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on wireless sensor networks,
vehicular networks, network security and mobile computing.
Wang's past work on mobile sensor networks has been internationally recognized and
widely cited by peer researchers. Now she pioneers in solving the energy problem in
sensor networks by utilizing the wireless recharging technology and sensor replacement
and reclamation strategy. She also works on another project studying the symbiosis
of sensor networks and vehicular networks to provide a more effective and reliable
solution to improve driving safety. These projects are supported by the National Science
Wang has published papers in highly competitive top-tier conferences such as INFOCOM,
ICNP, ICDCS and PerCom, and prestigious journals such as IEEE Transactions on Mobile
Computing, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular
Technology. Her papers have also been widely cited by other conference and journal
She received her PhD degree in computer science and a minor degree in statistics from
The Pennsylvania State University and her BS degree in software from Nankai University,
Sayed Chhattan Shah, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Communication
Engineering, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea
Sayed Chhattan Shah is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department
Communication Engineering at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Korea. He is also
Director of Mobile Grid and
Cloud Computing Laboratory. His research interests lie in the fields of parallel and
distributed computing systems,
mobile computational clouds and ad hoc networks. He received his Ph.D. in Computer
Science from Korea
University in 2012 and his M.S. in Computer Science from National University of Computer
Sciences in 2008. Prior to joining HUFS, he was a Senior Researcher at the Electronics
Research Institute South Korea and Engineer at the National Engineering and Scientific
Commission Pakistan. He
also held faculty positions at Seoul National University of Science and Technology,Korea
University, Hamdard University and Isra University.
Shah is an Editor of IEEE Internet Initiative and Associate Editor of Information
Processing Systems. He has
served as the Conference Chair and on program committees of various international
conferences. He is a senior
member of IEEE, and a member of IEEE Communications Society, International Telecommunication
GNSS Society, and International Association of Engineers.
Emre Salman, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Stony Brook University
Emre Salman is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at Stony Brook University (SUNY), where he directs the Nanoscale
Circuits and Systems (NanoCAS) Laboratory. He received the PhD degree from the
University of Rochester in 2009 and the BSc degree from Sabanci University, Turkey
in 2004. His broad research interests include energy efficient integrated circuits
(ICs) for emerging applications such as Internet-of- things and bioelectronics.
Emre received NSF CAREER Award in 2013, Outstanding Young Engineer Award
from IEEE Long Island in 2014, and multiple Outreach Initiative Awards from IEEE
Circuits and Systems Society. He is a Stony Brook University Discovery Prize finalist
and recipient of a best paper award from Semiconductor Research Corporation
(SRC) TECHCON in 2016. Emre has authored and co-authored one tutorial book,
three book chapters, more than 60 papers in refereed IEEE/ACM journals and
conferences, and holds two issued, two pending US patents. He is a senior member
- Smart Manufacturing
William Murray, Business Development, Digital & Additive Manufacturing, New York State
Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR)
Bill Murray is one of four New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP)
representatives embedded in the Manufacturing USA innovation institutes, under a
NIST-MEP administered by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology
Innovation. Bill is supporting two Manufacturing USA Federal manufacturing Institutes:
America Makes (Additive Manufacturing) and DMDII (Digital Manufacturing). Both Institutes
are represented in New York State through RIT, located in Rochester NY. Bill’s role
promote these two institutes to small and medium-sized manufacturers across New York
to strengthen their competitiveness.
Prior to joining ESD Bill was a volunteer doing humanitarian work for the North Country
of Hope in Nicaragua for one year. Before that he was the Executive Director for CITEC,
MEP Center serving the North Country region of New York State.
Cindy Chang, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University
Professor Qing (Cindy) Chang’s research interest includes manufacturing dynamic system
modeling and simulation, real-time energy management of manufacturing systems, real-time
production control, intelligent maintenance of manufacturing systems and battery manufacturing
and re-manufacturing. Dr. Chang received a CAREER award from the National Science
Foundation (NSF) in 2014. Before joining Stony Brook in 2011, she worked in General
Motors Research & Development Center, where she won General Motors Boss Kettering
Awards and The Charles L. McCuen Special Achievement Awards. She has published 70+
refereed journal articles and conference papers and holds 3 United States patents.
Dr. Chang has served on numerous international/domestic conference/symposium organizing
committees and chairmanships of technical sessions for IEEE, ASME, SAE, and SME etc.
Dr. Chang obtained M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison
and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
John Wen, Ph.D., Head, Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), Rensselaer Polytechnic
John T. Wen received B.Eng. from McGill University, M.S. from University of Illinois,
and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, all in Electrical Engineering. He
was a system engineer at Fisher Controls, and a member of technical staff at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory. Since 1988, he has been with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
where he is currently the Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Professor
in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering. From 2005-2013,
he served as the Director of the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS),
a New York State designated Center for Advanced Technology. He co-leads the New York
State participation in the recently awarded DOD Manufacturing USA Institute, Advanced
Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM). He was awarded the 2013 IEEE Control Systems Society
Transition to Practice Award base in part on his co-invention of the Adaptive Scanning
Optical Microscope (ASOM). Dr. Wen's research interest lies in the modeling and control
of dynamical systems with applications to precision motion, robotic manipulation,
distributed systems, thermal management, and materials processing. Dr. Wen is a Fellow
Randall Sandone, Executive Director, Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Randall J. Sandone is the Executive Director of CIRI. Mr. Sandone has had a comprehensive
career guiding research and technology projects in settings ranging from start-ups
to Fortune 100 companies. His strengths lie in relationship building and project management.
His professional experience is in the software development sector. Mr. Sandone was
the founder and CEO of a high- assurance software company that became the global leader
in its market. The company grew to a staff of 120 with offices throughout the United
States, Europe, the Middle East, and Pacific Rim. He established strategic marketing
and distribution alliances with “Big Iron” computer manufacturers such as Sun Microsystems,
IBM, and Fujitsu-Siemens. Mr. Sandone has secured significant customer relationships
with a wide range of organizations in the defense, intelligence, and law enforcement
communities as well as commercial customers including Credit Suisse, UBS, Chase Bank,
the Federal Reserve, Volkswagen AG, and Major League Baseball. In this and in other
executive leadership positions for a number of globally-oriented companies he was
responsible for technology transition and licensing, commercialization, product development,
and financial management.
Mr. Sandone is a former member of the University of Illinois College of Engineering
Advisory Board and was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year for
Illinois and Northern Indiana” and finalist for KPMG’s “Illinois Technology Award.”
Mr. Sandone is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Maritime and Port
Security Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (MPS-ISAO).
Michael Thurston, Research Professor and Director, Center of Excellence in Advanced
& Sustainable Manufacturing, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr. Michael Thurston is the Technical Director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability
at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also Director of the NY State Center of
Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing located at RIT. Dr. Thurston
has Mechanical Engineering degrees from RIT and completed his PhD at the University
of Buffalo. He has been working at RIT in the area of sustainable production since
2001. Prior to that he worked at General Motors and Delphi in new product development.
Dr. Thurston is involved with several Manufacturing USA Institutes. He currently serves
on the Technical Advisory and Executive Committees of the Digital Manufacturing and
Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a Department of Defense sponsored Institute,
and is leading several research projects in this area. Dr. Thurston is also the Remanufacturing
technology lead for the newly awarded Department of Energy REMADE Institute which
will be headquartered in Rochester.
- Smart Urban Systems
Yi Zhong, Professor, School of Information Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology,
Yi Zhong has engaged in the field of digital signal processing, embedded system design
control theory for over 15 years and came to Stony Brook University for visiting exchange
and research in
2012 and 2014.Yi is a tenured faculty member in the School of Information Engineering,
Wuhan University of Technology, Wu Han, P.R.China where he has served since 2002,
and currently serves as the Dean of Electronic Science and Technology Department .
Yi has also been an active consultant and has held positions of increasing responsibility
in technical management in the areas of AC Intelligent control systems , Medical robot
equipments as well embedded microprocessor based systems, having worked directly with
the world’s most widely known handset manufacturers such as Songz Automobile Air Conditioning
CO.LTD in China. Yi received his BEEE and MSEE both in the School of Information Engineering
from Wuhan University of Technology, in 1999 and 2002, respectively and received Ph.D.
of Information and Communication Engineering in 2007. Yi is author of numerous articles
and papers, and has presented in many conferences on topics ranging from Embedded
Control Systems to System Fault Diagnosis.
In recent years, Yi has presided and mainly involved 5 National Natural Science Funds
in China, and published more than 15 papers in domestic and foreign academic journals
and international conferences. Yi is currently one of communication review experts
of the National Natural Science Foundation in China and is peer reviewer of several
famous international journals.
Daniel Minoli, Principal Consultant, DVI Communications
Daniel Minoli, Principal Consultant, DVI Communications, has published 60 well-received
technical books, 300 papers, 5 market research
reports, and made 85 conference presentations. He has many years of technical-hands-
on and managerial experience in planning, designing,
deploying, and operating secure IP/IPv6-, VoIP, telecom-, wireless-, satellite- and
video networks for global Best-In- Class carriers and financial
companies. Over the years Mr. Minoli has published and lectured extensively in the
area of M2M/Internet Of Things (IoT), network security,
satellite systems, wireless networks, IP/IPv6/Metro Ethernet, video/IPTV/multimedia,
VoIP, IT/Enterprise Architecture, and network/Internet
architecture and services. Mr. Minoli has taught IT and Telecommunications courses
at NYU, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Rutgers
University. He has acted as Expert Witness and/or IP Technical Consultant in over
a dozen legal cases encompassing patent infringement, and
other legal matters.
Mark Yedlin, Director of Simulation Modeling Services, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
Mark Yedlin has over 40 years of experience as a transportation professional specializing
development and application of traffic simulation models to evaluate proposed improvements
traffic operations. He has held corporate executive and project management positions
numerous transportation studies including simulation analyses of construction staging
zones, traffic and transit improvements, ITS, traffic safety and air quality. Mr.
Yedlin was one of
the original developers of FHWA’s popular traffic simulation software, now known as
Mr. Yedlin serves on the Transportation Research Board Visualization in Transportation
Committee and Nassau County Traffic Safety Board and was a founding member of the
Transportation Society of New York. Since joining GPI 6 years ago, he’s been responsible
developing simulation models to evaluate traffic mitigation plans for construction
projects as well
as models to evaluate the effectiveness of Transit Signal Priority. This work was
Thinking Highways magazine and merited a 2014 diamond award from the New York Chapter
the American Council of Engineering Companies.
He holds a B.S. Degree in Physics from Fordham University, a B.S. Degree in Civil
from Columbia University and an M.S. in Transportation Engineering from Polytechnic
NY now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Danilo de Freitas Melo, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Federal Center
for Technological Education of Minas Gerais (CEFET-MG), Brazil
Danilo Melo received the B.S.in Electrical Engineering
from the Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Minas Gerais (CEFET-MG), Belo
Horizonte, Brazil, in 1994, and the M.S. and degree in electrical engineering from
the Universidade Federal
de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, in 1997. Since 1994, he has been a Faculty Member
with CEFET-MG. His
current research interests include Smart Cities, Internet of Things, cloud computing,
datacenters, parallel and
Dan Turissini, Chief Technology Officer, SPYRUS, Inc.
Dan joined SPYRUS in June as Chief Technology Officer responsible for the enhancement
and broader adoption of the company’s products and services. A founder of Operational
Research Consultants, Inc. in 1991, he led as Chief Executive to become a thought
leader in identity verification and trusted authentication. He negotiated its merger
with WidePoint where he piloted a seamless transition to a well-funded $120M market
cap prior to his 2015 exit.
Since, he’s provided expert consulting in identity and access control, cryptographic,
biometric, and Public Key Infrastructures. Efforts resulted in patents granted in
the USA and six other nations. A systems engineering/ integration innovator and leading
expert in trusted managed services, he has achieved Trusted Authority certifications
for Public and Private enterprises, pivotal in achieving the vision of implementing
the next generation of Cyber Security for his clients.
Vice Chair, AFCEA Homeland Security Committee, he actively evangelizes for the protection
of Critical Infrastructure and Citizen privacy. On AFCEA’s Educational Foundation
Board he is dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities and assistance
in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He holds a BS degree from the
US Merchant Marine Academy (Alumni’s Outstanding Professional Achievement Award) and
a Masters from the George Washington University.
Mahmoud Alahmad, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Mahmoud A. Alahmad has been an IEEE member for over 10 years and active in IEEE volunteer
the institute wide levels. Mahmoud is a tenured faculty member in the Durham School
Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha, Nebraska,
where he has
served since 2006.
Mahmoud received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Idaho, Moscow,
ID, USA, in
1989, 1991, and 2005, respectively, all in electrical engineering. Mahmoud is author
of numerous articles
and papers, and has presented in many conferences on topics ranging from Smart Grid,
energy monitoring, battery power management and power electronics, and renewable energy
Mahmoud is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with over 10 years of industry
experience in the design
of electrical power systems for the built environment. He is currently investigating
the economic and
environmental impact of electrified transportation and modeling and design of charging
battery electric vehicles.